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Flohio Announces First Show in Africa at Gidi Fest, Lagos

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Gidi Culture Festival (Gidi Fest), the largest music and arts festival in West Africa, reveals the second wave of artists today, after recently announcing headliners Naira Marley, Flavour and Rema.
With the support of The British Council, the Nigerian born and Bermondsey based rapper Flohio will perform in her birthplace of Lagos for the first time this Easter – as part of a cultural exchange with Gidi Fest that will also see Nigerian afrofusion artist Odunsi (The Engine) perform at The Great Escape festival in Brighton this May.
Flohio says“I’m excited about this show because performing in Africa, and especially Lagos, has always been on my to-do list. It is definitely going to be an experience and great I get to do it with Gidi Fest”.
Other acts announced today include the most exciting artists and DJs from Nigeria and all across the continent, including Lady Donli (who recently toured the UK), South Africa’s Sho Madjozi, JoeBoy, Johnny Drille, Reekado Banks, Wurld and more. See full line up and day splits below.
Gidi Culture Festival and Eclipse Live Co-Founder Chin Okeke says:
“In line with our theme for Gidi Fest this year, we will be bringing Flohio home, and sending Odunsi to The Great Escape – bridging the gap and strengthening the relationship between the UK and Nigeria. It is important to create an opportunity for UK artists, especially those of Nigerian heritage to connect with their roots and their people. The Flohio and Odunsi exchange in partnership with the British Council creates the perfect entry point for these two emerging artists to break into new markets and introduce their unique sounds to the world.”
For the first time ever, Gidi Culture Festival will be a multi-day event from 9th April to 11th April this Easter. This year’s festival is themed “Bringing it home” to encourage and celebrate the increasing numbers of diaspora returning to rediscover Lagos during the event.
It promises to offer another packed programme immersing people in the culture, showcasing local talent, whilst pairing the most vital artists in Nigeria, Africa and a selection of the best UK and US acts.
Following on from classic editions featuring the likes of Wizkid, Maleek Berry, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Teni, Diplo and Moonchild Sanelly, Gidi Fest 2020 is set to be its biggest yet.
Line up so far

DAY ONE: THE HANGOUT: Rema + more TBA
DAY TWO: RHYTHM & SOUL: Flavour, Brymo, Johnny Drille, Wurld, Lady Donli, JoeBoy, Aye, Cavemen, Big Shy Robot, DYO, DJ Venum, Merry Lyn, BadBoy Timz, Bigfoot
DAY THREE: GBE BODI E: Naira Marley, Zoro, Busiswa, Reekado Banks, Flohio, Sho Madjozi, Pretty Boy DO, Oluwabruce, Alpha Ojini, DJ Yin, Crowd Controller, We Talk Sound, DJ Tunez

About Gidi Culture Festival
Gidi Culture Festival is a leading African brand, born in Lagos with a global outlook. The annual Easter event celebrates the progression of urban youth culture in Africa, through an expression of music, food, art, games & travel.
Now in its 7th year, the 2020 line-up will include the best African and international acts, the most exciting African artists, parties hosted by the most progressive DJs, experiential zones, a diverse range of Nigerian food vendors and much more…

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No1 Showcase: The Art Of David Hicks

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David Hicks is a photographer who is just as interested in the behind-the-scenes stories as he is in the stories themselves. A true photojournalist, Hicks aims to capture every aspect of waking life.

Whether that be everyday activities on the streets of Cuba to the passionate and dynamic tango culture in Buenos Aries, Hicks will be there to experience it and share it. He says of his tango collection: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in its current form in the mid-1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre-recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”

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No1 News: The Mad Game Embark On Their Latest Rage Against The Machine

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It can always be a struggle when you music possesses such a crucial and pertinent message and yet you’re blocked by the damning limitations of ‘going under the radar’ – electronic animated anarchists ‘The Mad Game’ know this all too well.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Player One’, is a righteous middle finger to what they describe as ‘The Mad Game’ – the absurdities in society that have been integrated as the status quo – after tangling with governments, security services and local mafia. Their message of outrage and vitriol is a potent one found across the EPs five tracks – a mere morsel of their true potential – and is certainly enough to make listeners pay attention.

The trio’s soundscape is an eclectic one: the righteous indignation of the best punk music married beautifully to the jarring and skittish landscapes of the best electronica. The lead track, ‘Game Over ‘, in particular makes a phenomenal first impression to the animated anarchists with members Sonu, Karla and Sonya giving their respective inputs to this chilling three-pronged attack. What these newcomers nail best is their sincerity.

It’s hard to take such a venomous assault from someone you don’t genuinely believe has lived through the horrors that they detail – The Mad Game give off no such illusion. What you hear is authentic and those unaware of the band’s craft will soon learn to such things. It makes for a truly gripping and inspiring experience.

This is not a project that anyone should overlook regardless of their tastes; thoughtful, well crafted and genuine music. Not something 2021 receives in surplus.

Follow The Mad Game below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadGameOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madgameofficial/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25Aqc6ubzXLDlNUw6qYV35 Bandcamp: https://madgameofficial.bandcamp.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUhBz3vBndOL6fV__qTn-qQ

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No1 Finds: Tunetables – A Stylish Solution To Music Storage

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“The Tunetables idea was borne,” says Rob Chappelhow, the man behind a range of ingenious new storage solutions, “out of a personal desire to have my music collection around me once again.”

That’s something all of us record-collector’s can empathise with. Now, I’ve banged on before about how, for many of us, digital streaming doesn’t cut it. Streaming services are great, but for a large number of us hard-core music fans, we want something we can hold in our sweaty hands, right? But, once you have all those lovely records, where do you put them?

Flat-pack shelving is fine, but it’s hardly inspiring. That’s where the Tunetables range comes into its own. More words from Rob Chappelhow, who explains that the idea came to him during a visit to  the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in the basement of Fred Perry’s flagship store in Covent Garden – “Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased.”

It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

And lo! Tunetables was born… What Chappelhow has done is to take brand new music-equipment flight-cases (the type we are well-used to seeing lugged around by roadies and musicians) and turn them into hand-crafted storage solutions for your CDs, tapes and vinyl. It’s a wonderful idea and, most importantly, they look great. As mentioned, each case is built by hand, and can be personalised with your own initials (or whatever you fancy). Storage ranges from 100 – 500 for CDs, 30 – 60 for tapes, and 75 for vinyl. That’s not a bad amount at all. I can see a lot of people going for this, from pro and semi-pro musicians to plain music-lovers such as myself. This is modern design with an old-school aesthetic. Check them out for yourself!

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